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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI2701 Creative Practice and Performance Contexts

20 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Jenny Lawson
Email: J.A.Lawson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module offers students on the Theatre & Performance programme an opportunity to develop in a particular area of contemporary performance practice. It asks them to consider their creative practice within the context of contemporary performance practices and debates. They will be asked to consider the social, political, and cultural impact of the practices they are engaging with, use relevant concepts and theories to interrogate practice and articulate your growing capacity as practitioners through documentation and reflection on their own practice.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

Develop practical understanding in an area of contemporary performance practice;
Articulate a developing sense of themselves as creative practitioners;
Consider how contemporary performance contexts shape their aims as practitioners;
Develop their capacity for constructive criticism of their own work and that of others with reference to a wide range of contemporary performance practices and debates;
Develop their facility to document and reflect on their growing capabilities in and through practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should:

1. Be conversant with a wide range of contemporary performance practices and be able to show how they use this knowledge to develop their own practice;
2. Articulate key concepts which underpin examples of pioneering practice;
3. Use relevant concepts and theories to interrogate practice of own and others;
4. Appreciate the social, political, and cultural impact of the practices they engage with;
5. Demonstrate appropriate discipline and rigour in their practice for this level of study;
6. Articulate their growing capacity as practitioners through documentation and reflection on their own practice.

Skills outcomes
Developing discipline and rigour in practice

Becoming a reflexive practitioner

Documenting performance practice


Syllabus

5 x 1 hour lectures – weeks 1 -5:

Ethics of performance – e.g. audience/artist relationships in immersive, participatory, post-dramatic forms

Politics of performance – e.g. place/performance/possibility, context specific performance, socially engaged performance, notions of community and ‘voice’.

Aesthetics of contemporary performance – e.g. representations of the ‘real’, inter-textual and multi-media influences, intercultural influences.

Documentation of performance – e.g. documentation of practice, ‘liveness’, practice-as-research.

Values of performance – e.g. examining how notions of ‘value’ and ‘excellence’ and ‘creativity’ and ‘impact’ shape how we think about performance.

Workshops –10 x 3hr staff-led workshops per set which introduce key concepts and understanding through practice and which allow students to use these to develop original material. Normally these workshops will be informed by practice-based research or practical expertise in PCI - for example, physical performer, applied performance, scenography, text.

Mid-way through the semester, the emphasis shifts from tutor-led to student-led, so that students can develop a practical response to a creative brief which tests and extends their practice as individuals whilst working in a small-group context. Here weekly showings of practice and discussion and verbal feedback from tutors and peers will structure and support this phase. This leads towards a final showing in week 11.

The final phase of the module asks students to reflect on their practice in the light of key points of debate highlighted in the lectures.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning103.0030.00
Lecture51.005.00
Practical103.0030.00
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours65.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Lecture preparation/follow up (reading/viewing) = 30hrs
Practice – individual preparation and development for final sharing = 45hrs
Documentation of practice = 25hrs
Analysis – portfolio assembly and writing of critical commentary = 35hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminar discussions and tasks– formative feedback from tutor.

Individual progress in workshops and contribution to feedback on peers’ work.

Final sharing of practical work (wk 11) – summative feedback.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalPerformance/presentation of practical work60.00
PortfolioDocumentation and analysis of own practice, c 2000 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Alternative assessment will take the form of a Presentation (where possible) or the submission of PP presentation slides with short commentary.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:25

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